Paul Chan Mo-po

Paul Chan Mo-po is Hong Kong's Secretary for Development. An accountant and the former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), he was appointed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after the resignation of Mak Chai-kwong following a housing allowance scandal. In July 2013, Chan was accused of a conflict of interest when it was revealed that he or his family had an interest in a plot of land in the New Territories that the government had plans to develop.

Paul Chan row should not overshadow needed housing project

 Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development. Photo: Sam Tsang

Dogged by controversy, development chief Paul Chan Mo-po must be relieved to find himself still in the job. Weeks into a fresh conflict-of-interest furore, the pressure on Chan to step down appears to have eased, at least for now.

Saturday, 3 August, 2013, 1:29am 1 comment

Paul Chan's political aide Henry Ho quits over Kwu Tung new town controversy

Henry Ho bows his head as he quits his job. Photo: Dickson Lee

The controversy surrounding development chief Paul Chan Mo-po over the proposed Kwu Tung new town grew yesterday when his political assistant quit for failing to declare his family's stake in land on the same site.

Henry Ho Kin-chung, 41, Chan's assistant since December, apologised and bowed to the public for not declaring his interests to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Chan.

3 Aug 2013 - 10:12am 13 comments

Paul Chan proposes plan to buy disused land and rent it out

Development chief Paul Chan Mo-po at the Legco meeting yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

The government might buy disused private farmland in the northeast New Territories and rent it to farmers displaced by new towns in the area, the development chief said. Paul Chan Mo-po said 34 hectares of fallow land had been identified in Kwu Tung South, but much of it was in private hands and some owners, looking forward to benefits from future development, had said they would not rent it to anyone.

1 Aug 2013 - 6:08am 4 comments

Legco chief warns government of falling into trap over Paul Chan affair

Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: Felix Wong

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing warned the government on Wednesday that it risked facing the “Tacitus Trap” over its handling of the political scandal involving Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Henry Tang urges Paul Chan to 'take responsibility' in conflict-of-interest row

Paul Chan Mo-po

Former chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen yesterday urged development chief Paul Chan Mo-po to come clean and take responsibility for his actions amid the conflict-of-interest row surrounding the minister.

31 Jul 2013 - 8:33am 6 comments

Development chief Paul Chan in Legco dismisses conflict of interest concerns

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po answers questions in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po on Tuesday, in his latest attempt to dismiss concerns over a possible conflict of interest, has reiterated that his wife’s family was planning to sell a plot of farmland that falls within a new town development project in the New Territories.

30 Jul 2013 - 6:02pm

18,000 sq ft plot is no stockpile, Paul Chan’s wife declares

Development minister Paul Chan Mo-po and his wife Frieda Hui Po-ming. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Lawmakers remained unconvinced yesterday after development minister Paul Chan Mo-po's wife said that if she wanted to stockpile land with development potential in the New Territories she would have bought more than one plot in 19 years.

30 Jul 2013 - 7:22am 15 comments

Hundreds call for development minister Paul Chan to step down

Protesters release balloons during their protest march yesterday. "Po", part of Paul Chan's name, sounds like "ball" in Cantonese, so some released balloons in a symbolic gesture. Photo: David Wong

Waving tree branches they took from their villages to symbolise the love of their land, the villagers pledged they would defend their homes at all costs.

29 Jul 2013 - 6:02am

Hapless Paul Chan should step aside

Hundreds of people have staged a protest march from Causeway Bay to the government office in Tamar, demanding the resignation of the Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: David Wong

It's time for ministers to realise they should quit when they can no longer do their job properly and have become a more of a liability than an asset to the government they serve.

29 Jul 2013 - 6:02am

Just following the rules may not mean trouble-free career

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Felix Wong

"To be, or not to be, that is the question". This famous opening line of the soliloquy by Hamlet may be adapted with some variation to Paul Chan Mo-po, the trouble-plagued development secretary. He faced an equally tough choice the past week: "To stay, or not to stay, that is the question".

29 Jul 2013 - 6:02am

Development secretary Paul Chan's Bible reading was insulting

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God". The quote rolled off the tongue of development minister Paul Chan Mo-po last week as he tried to defend his honour and work at the Legislative Council.

29 Jul 2013 - 6:02am

Paul Chan should come clean over land deal, says Legco chief

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing

Development chief Paul Chan Mo-po should answer all the questions over the ownership of land in the New Territories that has sparked concerns about a conflict of interest, the Legislative Council president said yesterday.

28 Jul 2013 - 3:50am

Anti-Paul Chan rally organisers refuse to provide marshals

Protesters outside Legco call on Chan to go. Photo: Felix Wong

The organisers of a protest tomorrow calling for development minister Paul Chan Mo-po to step down say a police request for them to arrange marshals to maintain order is unreasonable. They refused to commit to providing at least 30 marshals for the rally, as required in a letter issued by police yesterday.

27 Jul 2013 - 9:54am 4 comments

Paul Chan land scandal to paralyse Development Bureau, say lawmakers

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Felix Wong

Lawmakers vowed yesterday to "paralyse" the Development Bureau after its controversy-plagued chief, Paul Chan Mo-po, ignored a Legislative Council motion calling on him to step down.

27 Jul 2013 - 5:27am 9 comments

Pressure mounts on Paul Chan as lawmakers pass motion urging him to step down

Paul Chan meets the media after a special meeting of Legco's development panel. When asked by one lawmaker if he would resign, Chan replied: "Definitely not." Photo: Sam Tsang

The non-binding motion urging the Secretary for Development to step down, moved by People Power’s Albert Chan Wai-yip, was passed by the Legislative Council’s development panel with a vote of 11 to 7. It managed to pass despite the absence of seven pro-government lawmakers.


26 Jul 2013 - 4:29pm